Maybe if we paired him with someone and kept him paired with that person. The guy has played with every other dman on the team. I do not care what you say, chemistry takes time. You can only truly learn your partner by spending time time together. Every practise, every game.
He needs a true shutdown partner, thats his bread and butter, always has been, he's a top shutdown defenseman who should be playing a shutdown line/role. I knew the loss of Volchenkov would be felt but I didn't think it would be this noticable, he played amazing on Friday though I thought, and there's no way I would get rid of him.
If Murray is looking at trades I hope his top priority is finding a shutdown guy to play on the right side of Phillips.
Let's say he comes back 100% healthy. How long will it take for him to play well considering he missed training camp and didn,t play since March before that?
The guy is going to be rusty, his timing will be off and he will still be a soft, rather-play-the-puck, 6'5" gentle giant.
If he gets involved in offensive rushes and let go his cannon shot that we don't see too often, he could help. But I have yet to see that in 2 years. Defensively, I doubt that he'll change anything. And it's not his fault, I think our strategy in the defensive zone is what is wrong. We are collapsing way to low and leave the point shots every time and then we get beat to loose pucks even if we outnumber our opponent near our own net.